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Old August 23rd, 2014, 10:18   #1
Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: Montreal
TDI(s): Jetta 2009
Default Entry level OBD scanner (ELM327 vs STN1110) and Mac user


I have been looking lately at low cost ODB scanner ( for novice user: Jetta TDI, 2009.. and perhaps also for my wife's Honda Civic). I don't really intend to do major maintenance myself but would like to have more information before going for repairs.

I looked at low cost products such as Simvalley's ELM 327
and found it interesting at first sight

Reading about ELM 327 standard/architecture, I found some articles suggesting some performance issues and limitations when comparing it to 16 bit STN1110 chip


So, I was wondering if it's worth going for a STN1110 chip OBD reader for basic needs in which case there might not be that many on the market ?

(looks like the OBDlink app comes with the adapter)

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Old August 23rd, 2014, 15:42   #2
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Myself, I have ScanTool's product, and like it a lot -m9tnis software upgradeable, and I have yet to find anything it won't connect to. I also find OBDLink to be light years ahead of Torque . . . at least for diags. If all you want is gauges, Torque might be the better pick, since (at least when I tried it), that was about all it did, and that didn't interest me.

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